Saturday, January 10, 2015

Trout Tails - January 10, 2015

Haven't been out a whole lot lately.  Brad and I did head up to NY/Erie during the blizzard in November.  Due to the feet of snow that had been dumped up there, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  However, low water and cold temps had all the creeks iced over, and the fishing was sloooooow.  We spent most of the time breaking ice to catch just a few fish.   After returning, we did hit the Little J a couple times and caught some nice browns, but I have been pretty much getting ready for Tierra Del Fuego.  I thought I would put up fly tying demo of one of my favorite patterns to use down there for big browns, the Morrish Mouse.  Nothing like watching an 8lb brown circle around and then annihilate a mouse pattern!  

Pattern: Morrish Mouse

Hook:  TMC 8089N  Size 2 or (similar bass hook)
Thread: Ultra Thread 140 Denier (black or brown)
Tail:  Rabbit strip (brown or natural 1/8" standard cut)
Back: Black Closed Cell Foam
Body: Deer Body Hair  Natural (spun)

Secure thread to back of hook shank to bend

Add a drop of Zap A Gap or super glue to the tie in point
Tie in a strip of rabbit a little longer than the hook shank, fibers facing to the back and wind the thread forward to about the hook point.

Cut a strip of closed cell foam about 1.5 times the length of the hook shank.  Trim the one end to a "V" shape.  I prefer thicker foam for added buoyancy, but standard thickness will work too.

Secure the foam to the hook shank.  

Cut a clump of deer hair, about the diameter of a pencil.  I prefer to stack the hair for a neater fly, but it is not really necessary.  Then trim the but ends even. 

Tie in the deer hair with two loose wraps and then pull tight and secure with several more wraps.  Due to the foam and thread at the tie in point, you will be unable to spin this section. 
Rotate the vise and repeat the last step, securing clump of deer hair to the bottom. 
Stroke the hair back and trim off an excess butt ends.  Make a few wraps in front of the trimmed but ends.
Trim another pencil sized section of deer hair and attach to hook with two loose wraps.

Pull the thread tight and spin the hair around the shank. 
Stroke the hair back and secure with a few more wraps.  Trim the butt ends. 
Continue the process of stacking, spinning, and trimming about 6 more times, until you reach a point just behind the eye of the hook.  Then wind the thread to the eye and back to build a tie in point for the head.
Part the hair on the top to the sides, and pull the foam over.

Secure the foam to the hook with several wraps.
Lift the foam and place several wraps in front.
Whip finish and cut off the thread.
Trim the head to just past the eye.
Rotate the fly and trim the bottom flat.
Finished Fly

Create your own infestation

Enjoy the results!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Trout Tails - November 10, 2014

Fall is here!  While we could desperately use some rain, the fishing has been pretty good.  Just a reminder though, stay off redds and leave actively spawning fish alone. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trout Tails - October 16, 2014

Spent the weekend on Penns.  Water was low and clear, but some good bug activity the last couple hours of the day had fish rising.  Mainly caddis, a few midges and what appeared to be some slate drakes.  Caught a couple decent fish, missed one monster.  The leaves are starting to change, and this rain is getting the water levels up, could be a great fall! Going to go check out some spots up north tomorrow.

Look close, there is at least 6 brookies in there...starting to stack up and waiting for some water.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trout Tails - September 24, 2014

Hard to believe another year has gone by, but last week was our annual Yellowstone trip.  Water flows were up some this year from all the recent snow and rain, and it was a little weird to still see everything so green.  Spent most of the week on the Yellowstone inside the park.  We found some really nice pockets of beefy cuts that were more than willing to eat hoppers.  As usual, saw almost no one else on the water, especially if we were more than a half mile from the car, which is just about always (usually more like 2-3 miles).  We even had the Gallatin River all to ourselves the one day we fished it.  The Lamar didn't fish quite as well this year as it has in years past, but there was still quite a few cooperative fish.  Even managed a few decent sized browns out of our favorite holes on the Gardiner, not to mention a plethora of some of the biggest whitefish I have ever seen :P

The weather was great, minus two days when the thunderstorms rolled in, in the afternoon.  Both days, we were able to hunker down and wait for a clearing, then audible to another creek to salvage the rest of the day.  The second one actually gave us Soda Butte all to ourselves, and a nice evening olive hatch!  Hard to beat catching 18 inch cuts on size 18 flies, without another living soul around.  

As always, wildlife everywhere.  We always have to laugh when we talk to people in the parking lots who are looking to see wildlife.  Get out of the car, go for a walk!  Over the years, we have run into more bear, moose, wolves, elk, antelope,eagles, etc. than I can count.  Although, I could probably do without the bear sightings. 

We also took a good bit of video, and if I have enough to make a 5 minute clip, I'll try to get it up soon.  We did have one camera causality though.  One day a big thunderstorm rolled in on us when we were a couple miles in on the Yellowstone and blew the tripod over.  Of course the lens landed right on a rock.  Appears to just be the lens cover though, so I should be able to repair it.  

I have to give a plug to Sage, I've been using their Typhoon Large waist pack for a couple years now.  It is the only bag I have been able to find that gives good back support and has a truly submersible pocket that will fit the DSLR camera with an extra lens.  I'm also able to get all my fly boxes in the front waterproof (non-submersible) pocket.  In all, my pack usually weighs in at close to 20+ lbs when I'm on the water!!!  It is a lot of weight, but if you want the photos, you have to carry it.  Not only can the Typhoon carry everything I need, the way it is designed, it fits high and tight on your lower back, and the extra should strap adds even more support for long days and long hikes.  It has been a god send, especially out here!!  If anyone is looking for a quality hip pack, I highly recommend it!  I know TCO can get them for anyone interested. 

Ok, I guess that's enough text.  Hope everyone enjoys some of the photos!